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M. Lucille Spurling


M. Lucille Spurling of Girard went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 19, 2023, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Lucille was born on Aug. 22, 1945, at the Girard Hospital. She was the youngest child of Raymond and Vauda (Guss) Winterbower and grew up on the family farm in Hepler, Kansas. She attended Hepler Grade School and graduated from Girard High School in 1963.

Lucille married the love of her life, Walter Spurling, on Sept. 6, 1980. Walter still resides at their home. Lucille worked at several places throughout her life's journey, but her most treasured mission was being a mother, grandmother, and loving housewife. She attended Helper Christian Church as a child and then held membership at the United Methodist Church in Farlington, Kansas. as an adult. She was the true definition of a Proverbs 31 woman. Lucille loved the Lord, her family, and all the time she spent with them. Her grandchildren were the delight of her days, and she was so proud of their great achievements.

Survivors include her son, Troy Combs and wife, Lisia of Walnut, her daughter, Alecia Chaffee and husband Sean, of Girard, and her youngest daughter, Sarah Cowan and husband Cody, of Pittsburg. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jordan Gossard (Aaron), Ben Chaffee (Grace), Riley Chaffee, Tricia Combs, Jacob Combs, Caleb Combs, Reece Cowan, and Josie Cowan. She is also survived by two bonus children, Matt Combs (Bridget) and Garrett Combs (Kenna). She is survived by one sister, Helen Bower, of Fort Scott.

Lucille was preceded in death by her brothers, Lee Winterbower and Don Winterbower, and sister, Betty Hibdon.

Lucille was a force to be reckoned with, was loved by all who encountered her, and was a source of light for so many. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her, especially her "Can Do Tribe."

Graveside services for M. Lucille Spurling will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at the Farlington Cemetery, with Pastor Daryl Gaddy officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home of Girard, where friends are invited to call after noon on Sunday.

Memorials are suggested to V.A. Homeless Shelters, the Girard Food Pantry, and Mercy Ships, and these may be left at the funeral home or mailed to the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W. St. John, P.O. Box 258, Girard, Kansas 66743.

Philippians 4:13 — "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."